Changala, lawyers spectators terraces in Nchito’s tribunal

 

BREBNER Changala, the civil rights activist who petitioned President Edgar Lungu to constitute a tribunal to investigate suspended Director of public Prosecutions (DPP) over a range of transgressions has revealed that he and his lawyers feel frustrated that the state decided to leave them out of the tribunal.

Mr Changala has revealed that his lawyers were promised during the pre-tribunal meetings that they would be placed on record as friends of the State to serve his (Changala) interest but had been ignored from the time the tribunal commenced its proceedings.

The State, he said, had taken over the proceeding and had added and removed some cases.

Mr Changala said he along with his lawyers did not attend the sitting of the tribunal on Friday last week because they had not been invited to be placed on record even after having caused the setting up of the tribunal against Mr Nchito.

Asked why he, together with his lawyers were missing at the last sitting of the tribunal, Mr Changala said it was frustrating that his lawyers could not be allowed to be placed on record to represent his interests after petitioning President Lungu to constitute the inquiry.

He said it became difficult to continue attending the proceedings of the tribunal after it became clear that the State had taken over the matter and had become the major complainant and sidelined him and his lawyers.

He said the complaints he had raised with President Lungu in his petition were removed and did not form part of the charges Mr Nchito was facing and it was therefore inappropriate for him and his lawyers to continue attending the proceedings.

“We (Changala and his lawyers) did not attend the proceedings of the tribunal on Friday last week because my lawyers are frustrated that they could not be allowed to be placed on record to represent my interests. My lawyers told me that during the pre-tribunal meetings, they were promised they would be placed on record as friends of the State to serve my interests.  But when the tribunal commenced its sittings, they were totally ignored and could not be placed on record. It became very clear that the State had become the main complainant and that being the case, it only became reasonable that me and my lawyers stayed away,” Mr Changala said.

Mr Changala said he had decided to become a spectator and would wait for the outcome of the tribunal just like any other citizen because he had done what a responsible and diligent citizen would have done in the circumstances.

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